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- DOB May 24, 1982
- Age 32
- Place of birth Fort Wayne, Indiana
- POSITION Defender/Midfielder
- HEIGHT 5'8"
- WEIGHT 145
- U.S. CAPS 117
- CLUB Puebla (Mexico)
- TWITTER @damarcusbeasley (260K followers)
- Current ASN 100 Rank 14
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 16
- Youth Experience U-17, U-20
WORLD CUP STATUS: ON THE PLANE
Armed with lightning-quick speed and close-quarter ball-handling skills, DaMarcus Beasley was one of the United States’ biggest stars and most promising talents in the early 2000s. In fact, he was groomed for stardom from a young age. Having started in MLS at age 16, he emerged as one of the breakout stars in the U.S.’s surprise run to the quarterfinals in the 2002 World Cup. Beasley, alongside Landon Donovan and others, looked poised to push on and represent America in the most prestigious leagues in the world.
Now, after positive showings against Costa Rica and Mexico in the Hex, it appears old man Beasley might be the left back for the United States in Brazil. While he still plays an attacking role with Puebla, Jurgen Klinsmann trust him enough in defense to keep putting him in the fullback position.
Injuries have limited Beasley’s success at times. He spent four years with Chicago Fire, dominating at times, but never finding true consistency. He joined Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in 2004, where he became the first American to play in the Champions League semifinals. Beasley and former coach Bruce Arena clashed during the 2006 World Cup. Arena said, "We got nothing from Beasley." Beasley responded by saying that he was out of position, adding, "It's not my fault I couldn't get forward."
Beasley joined Glasgow Rangers in 2007 and he impressed but saw his playing time limited—again—by injury. It was more of the same when Beasley transferred to Germany’s Hannover 96 in 2010; he barely got on the pitch. Beasley shined in Gold Cup victories in 2002, 2005, and 2007, and in World Cup qualifying under former coach Bob Bradley, but hit a lull, playing only one game, as a substitute, in the 2010 World Cup against Algeria.
Now, after resurrecting his career at Puebla, DMB is back in the national picture, and perhaps even into the starting XI.
Noteworthy ReadsGringo Report: Happy Beasley Looks to Extend Puebla Stay (MLSSoccer.com)
Beasley-Arena Rift Gets Even Worse (San Diego Union-Tribune)